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Zhang Rongfang
2003-11-10 14:26:00   COC Website  

 

Name: ZHANG Rongfang
Gender: W
Date of birth: April 15, 1957
Place of birth: Chengdu, Sichuan Province
Height: 1.74m
Weight: 65kg
Sport: Volleyball
Personal best: 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games - 1st volleyball

Sports career:
Began volleyball training at the age of 13. Enter the Sichuan provincial volleyball team two years later. Joined the national team in 1976.

High performances:
1977 World Cup - 4th
1978 World Women's Championship - 6th
1978 Bangkok Asian Games - 2nd
1979 Asian Women's Championship - 1st
1981 Bremen International Invitational - 1st (Named Best Defender)
1981 World Cup - 1st
1982 World Women's Championship - 1st
1982 New Delhi Asian Games - 1st
1983 China-US-Japan Super-Three Women's Volleyball Meet - 1st (as captain of the team)
1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games - 1st (China's third straight win in major world tournaments in the 1980s)

Known as a "freak" volleyballer most difficult to deal with.

Honours:
1980 - Awarded the title of Master of Sports
1981, 1983 & 1984 - Thrice awarded National Sports Medal of Honour by the State Physical Culture and Sports Commission (SPCSC)
1983 - Elected delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
1984 - Selected one of National Top Ten Athletes
1984 - Named National "March 8th" Red-Banner Holder by the All-China Women's Federation
1984 - Selected one of 35 Sports Stars in 35 years since the founding of new China in 1949
1986 - Voted Best Coach at the Czechoslovakia World Women's Championship
1989 - Selected one of 40 Sports Stars in 40 years since the founding of new China in 1949

Coaching experience:
1986 - Chinese national women's team, 1st, Czechoslovakia World Championship
1986 - Chinese national women's team, 1st, Seoul Asian Games

At present:
Appointed Deputy Director of the Sichuan Provincial Physical Culture and Sports Commission in 1984. Student at Chengdu Institute of Telecommunication Engineering. Took up the posts of head coach of the national women's volleyball team and deputy director of the SPCSC Training Bureau in 1986. Now Vice-Chairwoman of the China Youth Federation and Deputy Director of the Volleyball Administrative Centre of the China General Administration of Sport.

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